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Night of Knitting and Hot Chocolate at City Bakery’s 18th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival!

For hot chocolate lovers, The City Bakery in New York City is legendary.  So when the owner, Maury Rubin, asked us to participate in the 18th Annual City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival and Night of Knitting we were delighted!


For the theme of this year's Hot Chocolate Festival, How to Knit a Marshmallow, Maury was inspired by a customer at City Bakery who he spied knitting in the restaurant, they chatted and agreed that knitting and hot chocolate made perfect companions; we couldn't agree more!

The event will be at The City Bakery, located at 3 West 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues on Thursday, February 18th, doors open at 7:00 pm.  Tickets cost $30 and include an all you can eat delicious savory dinner, all you can drink hot chocolate, beer, wine and knitting workshops (please note, materials for knitting are not included in the cost of tickets).  Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Brown Paper Tickets (seating is limited and going fast so we recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time). 

We got a sneak peek from Leslie Koren at City Bakery of the many incredible hot chocolate flavors that will be served at the event:

  • Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • Banana Peel Hot Chocolate
  • Ginger Hot Chocolate
  • Lemon Hot Chocolate
  • Moulin Rouge Hot Chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate
  • Darkest Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate
  • Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate
  • Bourbon Hot Chocolate

There will be 5 knitting workshops and one demonstration being hosted by 6 of New York City's local knitting shops:

  • Chocolate Bar Coasters (pictured below) by Purl Soho
  • Marshmallow Hat by Knitty City
  • Hot Chocolate Mug Cozy by Gotta Knit
  • Marshmallow Man by Brooklyn General Store
  • How to Spin fiber demonstration by Downtown Yarns
  • Beginning knitting skills by Wool & the Gang

There will be two workshop sessions each which will start at approximately 7:30 pm and 8:45 pm. You can find a complete list of materials, answers to frequently asked questions and skills required at this link.  Please note, all shops will have materials available to purchase the night of the event (cash only).

For our workshop at the event, we designed these Chocolate Bar Coasters.  The yarn, Cascade's Chunky 128 Superwash Wool, is the perfect yarn; it's super soft, comes in a great range of chocolate inspired colors and is machine washable.  We think these coasters make a perfect place to rest a mug of anything hot, but especially hot chocolate! 

In honor of the festival, Cascade Yarns has generously partnered with Purl Soho for a giveaway the night of the event!  Six lucky attendees will win a skein of Cascade's Magnum, a Purl Soho tote, US size 36 knitting needles and a full color printed pattern of our popular Eleventh-Hour Scarf!

Whether you'll be able to attend the event or not, you can pick up one of our Chocolate Bar Coasters Kits at our shop or online at purlsoho.com starting today!  Each kit contains 2 skeins of Cascade's 128 Superwash Wool, one skein Ecru, and one skein Bittersweet Chocolate (this is enough yarn to make at least 6 coasters) and a full color printed pattern.  You can also download the pattern for free at this link!

Hope to see you there! --Purl Soho

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18 Responses to Night of Knitting and Hot Chocolate at City Bakery’s 18th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival!


  1. Pumpernickel Pickle says:

    Gaaa! I wish I lived there! Instead i will just drool from afar…..

  2. Sue says:

    Ya’ll are so lucky to enjoy all that yummy chocolate & yarn! Just ordered myself a coaster kit so that I can brew up some homemade hot cocoa, pick up my knitting needles and enjoy the same comforts at home. :-)

  3. Ivana says:

    Has the sentence "I want to eat that yarn" ever been more true than right now…? :)

  4. For the first time in my life, I wish I lived in NYC.

  5. jennie says:

    I will sip hot chocolate on the west coast and dream that I am in NYC knitting with you!

  6. mrs. ott says:

    this event needs to exist in every nook and cranny of the world, especially mine!

  7. tracy says:

    these are adorable, and i think they could be addictive…i’m going to start a set asap! maybe gifts. or maybe to keep. simple and functional. and stylish. another fun project! thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Ghana says:

    I can’t wait for this event!

    *falls on the floor in ecstasy*

    It’s right in my hood; I’ll be there. And so glad you have the new Cascade Yarn–220 is one of my favorites and I’m sure I’ll love the others.

    Yarn, Yarn & Chocolate!! Winter is GREAT!!

    *swoons again*

  9. Purl Soho,

    What a wonderful post and an exciting event! I wish I lived in the area so that I could come enjoy the hot chocolate and yarn! :-)

  10. What I wouldn’t do to be in NYC for this. The two times I visited the city I have The City Bakery on my must-do list. I also pass on that info to anyone else who will listen And I’ve been known to smuggle a few of their marshmallows back across the border! I haven’t been back since Purl opened, but I guarantee it would make the list. Have a great night.

  11. Would someone order the Bourbon Hot Chocolate for me? I live too far away. On second thought – I’ll make my own and sip it with you while I knit along from the ‘Pajama Lodge.’

  12. cheryl says:

    what a wonderful event. sounds so fun! i have never wanted to eat yarn, until I saw these photos.

  13. Laura says:

    Yummmm yeah, wish I was a New Yorker right now! How fun!!

    New to your blog and LOVE it!!

    Laura@6lalas.blogspot.com

  14. Saz says:

    Banana PEEL hot chocolate?? What??

  15. elsa says:

    would love to attend! but live here in Portland OR so don’t think it’s happening! We have an event here that we do every month (or more) called ‘Get Lit and Knit’. It’s really quite fun! We go to different pubs, bring our knitting, eat, some drink beer or wine and we get rowdy … I’m part of a very fun group of crazy knitters!

  16. Shorty says:

    Too bad I’m far away in Texas! It sounds like you guys will have a blast! Enjoy the evening and please share pics from your events!

  17. Marsha says:

    That sounds like a great event! I invite you to enter my Valentine giveaway. You could win a pink, bead-knitted purse, hand-knit by me, with a chocolate bar charm.

    S.W.A.K.

  18. Wendi says:

    I am madly in love with this yarn.

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